VERITY KINDLEYSIDES


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HOW WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THIS  TYPE OF WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE - AND WHAT  DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR EARLY  EXPLORATION OF IT?

Both my parents have been practicing artists, so I grew up in and around their studio and immersed in an artistic way of life.  As a result, I always had access to materials and was able to experiment with various techniques and processes from an early age.  My art practice has always been a way of life and a vocation that at times borders on obsession.

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HOW HAS YOUR WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE CHANGED AND DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS? WHAT FACTORS DO YOU THINK AFFECTED THIS?

My artistic practice began working at my parents’ studio in Huia.  I have had two stints living and working in London.  During and between those years I studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art and Royal Drawing School in London.  All of these experiences have contributed to my current art practice.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE WHERE YOU WORK FROM? WHAT DO YOU FIND SPECIAL ABOUT LIVING OUT WEST? 

As a Westie who spent a long time living in London, I have enjoyed returning to the Waitakere Ranges and I feel privileged to live and work in Titirangi.  My studio is surrounded by native trees and it can feel like I’m in the middle of a rainforest.

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WHAT CAN VISITORS EXPECT TO SEE WHEN THEY VISIT YOUR STUDIO DURING OSW?  

Both my father and I are participating in the Open Weekend at the same location. We will have paintings, ceramic work, limited editions and works in progress.

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NAME YOUR TOP 5 SECRET SPOTS YOU LIKE TO VISIT IN THE WAITAKERE RANGES? 

  • Little Huia

  • French Bay – particularly for the monthly Brunch At French Bay events.

  • Karamatura Valley

  • Cornwallis Beach

  • Mercer Bay Loop Walk

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Photos by: Sarah Allen
www.sarahallenphoto.co.nz